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Board renewal


The Summer Foundation’s Board renewal process continued with new appointments and planned resignations in November.

We have benefited enormously from the work and insight of Professor Jacinta Douglas and Jason Chequer.

As part of our board renewal process designed to strengthen the diversity, strategic capacity and breadth of expertise on the Board, we welcome 2 new directors – Tim Adam and Michelle Somerville.

Jacinta, who served 7 years as a director, leads a long-running research partnership between La Trobe University and the Summer Foundation. While Jacinta steps away from the Board, she remains very much a part of the Summer Foundation in her ongoing research role.

Jason joined the Board in 2012, and in 2017 took on the role of Chair of the Risk and Finance committee. Jason brought a wealth of financial services experience to the Board with a special interest in social and environmental goals.

The Summer Foundation has been very fortunate to be guided by 2 such experienced and committed Directors. We appreciate their passion and support.

Tim is a retired lawyer and businessman, having spent his career as a long-standing Partner of a Melbourne law firm. He was committed to both successful commercial legal practice and ethical and social justice issues.
Tim was a leading practitioner in personal injury law and employment law. He is passionate about developing young people through social group interaction, sport and faith communities.

Michelle Somerville brings deep finance, risk and governance experience to the Board, having worked in the financial services industry in both executive and non-executive roles.

The Summer Foundation’s work is informed by the lived experience of people with disability. Both Tim and Michelle bring their own lived experience of disability to the Board and the Summer Foundation celebrates that 44% of our Directors bring a lived experience of disability.

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